Topic: northwest territories

'Palace coup' not needed during a pandemic, says N.W.T. consultant

David Connelly says his phone started ringing immediately as news broke about a potential cabinet shakeup, with people posing the question: "Now that it looks like there's a palace coup going on, is the government stable?"

Families of N.W.T. missing and murdered Indigenous women 'confused' by delay of federal action plan

The federal government told CBC earlier this week that it has to postpone its long-awaited action plan to address murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada because of the COVID-19 pandemic - something that has hit N.W.T. families hard. 

Snare Falls hydro plant up and running again

The Snare Falls hydro plant has returned to service. It cost approximately $50,000 per week in diesel fuel to generate power while it was out of service.

N.W.T. premier states 'complete confidence' in minister after MLAs drop confidence motion

The reasons behind the motion could never be known, as MLAs make no direct statements about their reasoning in Friday’s sitting.

MLA says Alberta man visited Hay River, didn't self-isolate

Rocky Simpson said the story was just one of many he’s heard about people circumventing the border closure. 

United Way NWT receives more than $160K for COVID-19 relief fund

United Way NWT has received more than $85,000 in donations from northerners. The Yellowknife Community Foundation has matched $75,000 of that — the biggest donation in the foundation's history.

OPINION | N.W.T. MLAs are in it for themselves

Former MLA Kieron Testart says if MLAs are willing to take out a minister they should be willing to talk about it.

Reasons for N.W.T. non-confidence vote to be revealed Friday

The veil is about to be lifted off a move by Northwest Territories MLAs to fire one of the cabinet ministers they elected seven months ago. MLAs will be debating a motion on Friday calling for the removal of Great Slave MLA Katrina Nokleby from cabinet.

Deh Cho MLA blasts finance minister over pandemic liquor sales

‘I believe there's an element missing from this process,’ says Ronald Bonnetrouge. ‘It's consulting with regular MLAs.’ 

Peel River driftwood raises questions for some in Fort McPherson

Landslides, which have become more common in the Beaufort Delta region, could be a factor, says a permafrost scientist with the Northwest Territories Geological Survey.

RCMP apologize after officer was asked to leave to Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., says chief

Chief Danny Masuzumi said an inspector with the RCMP’s G Division travelled to Fort Good Hope, N.W.T. Wednesday to apologize after the police force received harsh criticism from the community after it came to light that local officer, Const. Randy McKay, had pleaded guilty to sexual assault five years ago.

NTPC bills delayed, website still down nearly a month after cyberattack

Customers of the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) may be getting their monthly power bill for May much later than expected.

A 2nd wave, phase 2 and more testing: N.W.T.'s top doctors answer your questions

N.W.T. Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola and the territory's medical director Dr. Sarah Cook joined CBC's The Trailbreaker host Loren McGinnis to take your questions on the pandemic.

MLA wants to know how $200K Deh Cho Bridge grant is being spent

The MLA for the Dehcho region is calling for some accountability for a $200,000 annual grant the Northwest Territories' government provides to Fort Providence. Ronald Bonnetrouge says he wants the money to be used to create jobs in the community.

Yellowknife RCMP say missing person found

Yellowknife RCMP thanked the public for their help in finding a woman last seen in the Yellowknife area Tuesday morning.

Take a staycation, but 'stay on our game,' says N.W.T. top doctor

As the sun shines longer and restrictions in place because of COVID-19 ease, Northwest Territories Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Kami Kandola says people should enjoy the time with family and friends, but avoid the temptation “to get comfortable.”

N.W.T. MLA moves to oust minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment in confidence vote

Steve Norn, MLA for Tu Nedhé-Wiilideh brought the motion, and Rocky Simpson, MLA for Hay River South, seconded it.

Enterprise mayor calls for more resources at Alberta border COVID-19 checkpoint to stop drugs

The mayor of Enterprise, N.W.T., said he would like to see more resources put into the N.W.T. and Alberta border COVID-19 checkpoint to limit the spread of illicit drugs into the territory. 

COVID-19 testing in place at Gahcho Kué and Snap Lake mines

Some workers at the De Beers Gahcho Kué Mine and the Snap Lake Mine are being tested for COVID-19, according to De Beers Group, which operates both sites in the N.W.T.

Tuktoyaktuk starts returning to 'normal' amid N.W.T.'s 1st reopening phase

The hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T., has started to reopen some of its facilities, as restrictions in the territory start easing up. 

N.W.T. premier hopes for lasting change from pandemic relief

"These programs — getting people in housing, giving people almost a guaranteed wage, more access to childcare — are all things that all of us in this house should be proud of, and it would be a sin, Mr. Speaker, to take it back."

N.W.T. extends state of emergency for 5th time

The state of emergency first declared more than two months ago will continue for another 14 days at least, along with a public health emergency declared even earlier.

Yellowknife RCMP investigate alleged break and enter on Franklin Avenue

Yellowknife RCMP are investigating an alleged break and enter at an “accommodation business” on Franklin Avenue.

Yellowknife RCMP arrest and release 3 men after report of what looked like a handgun

The men did not have a handgun, but an 'air pistol, which looked like an actual gun,' said an RCMP spokesperson.

Hay River man accused of murder denied bail

A man accused of murdering and robbing a man in Hay River two and a half years ago has been denied bail. Levi Cayen, 22, has been in jail since his arrest on Jan. 3, 2018, six days after a man was found dead in a vehicle on a remote road in the Hay River area.

RCMP officer 'afforded leave' from N.W.T. community after past sexual assault comes to light

The chief of Fort Good Hope, N.W.T., says an RCMP officer was asked to leave his community earlier this month, after it came to light the constable had pleaded guilty to sexual assault several years ago.

Emergency benefit applicants in N.W.T. cautioned against applying without qualifying

There’s help available for people in the N.W.T. looking to tap into the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, but that help is often coming with a caution that there will be consequences to collecting benefits if you do not qualify for the program.
Analysis

How has COVID-19 affected the N.W.T. budget? MLAs to push for answers in upcoming session

N.W.T. MLAs return to the Legislative Assembly after COVID-19 forced them to suspend their spring session. Needless to say, a lot has happened since then.

Northern hotels laid off dozens as COVID-19 shutdown squashed business overnight

Dozens of hotel and restaurant workers in the N.W.T. and Nunavut have been unemployed for weeks. 

N.W.T.'s 15th annual NorthWords literary festival moves online

The 15th NorthWords Writers Festival, set to take place June 19 to 28, will offer workshops, panel discussions and readings over livestreamed and pre-recorded video.

Behchoko RCMP renew call for help finding suspected driver involved in fatal crash

RCMP in Behchoko, N.W.T., are once again asking the public to help them locate a man they suspect was driving a vehicle that crashed on Highway 3 in late April, killing a female passenger.

'The kids really deserve to be celebrated': Inuvik mom makes graduation gift bags

Lenora McLeod was excited to see her young daughter graduate kindergarten this June. Although that event has been postponed due to COVID-19, she still wanted to do something to make her daughter and her classmates feel special.

N.W.T. public housing stock gets a boost from COVID-19 emergency shelters

Approximately 130 housing units will be re-introduced to housing stock in N.W.T. communities now that they are no longer needed for COVID-19 self-isololation.

Return to sender: passengers sent back after arriving at Yellowknife Airport

Despite strict protocols around who is allowed into the Northwest Territories, there have been two recent instances of people arriving at the Yellowknife Airport who weren’t supposed to.

Drive-thru Eid celebration in Yellowknife brings smiles through isolation

People in Yellowknife’s Muslim community were hoping to spend the Eid al-Fitr holiday this year in a new Islamic centre that has been under construction for months.

'Like mothers to us': Behchoko woman thanks community's health-care workers

The staff at the Mary Adele Bishop Health Centre in Behchoko, N.W.T., recently received an unexpected gift from a grateful resident who wanted to show her appreciation for all of their work during the pandemic.

Going with the current, Fort Smith's Slave River Paddlefest called off due to COVID-19

N.W.T. public health protection orders, along with Canoe Kayak Canada’s guidelines for safe paddling during the pandemic, make running a normal festival this year pretty much impossible, say organizers.

With restrictions cut back, Yellowknife church takes services outside

Now that outdoor gatherings of 25 are allowed in the N.W.T., St. Patrick's Church in Yellowknife has started holding its services outside.

Despite complaints, N.W.T. enforcement chief plans to stay the course

The territory's "enforcement task force" has been criticized for its inconsistency and slow response times — but its top officer says their approach is working fine.

Despite complaints, N.W.T. enforcement chief plans to stay the course

The territory's "enforcement task force" has been criticized for its inconsistency and slow response times — but its top officer says their approach is working fine.

Hundreds gather for parade in memory of Robin Mercer-Sproule

Friends and family of lifelong N.W.T. athlete Robin Mercer-Sproule gathered Saturday for a vehicle parade that ran through Yellowknife, passing significant locations to her life. Mercer-Sproule died May 16 after her second fight with cancer.

De Beers gets licence to close Snap Lake mine

A Northwest Territories regulatory board has authorized a closure plan for De Beers's troubled Snap Lake mine. On Friday, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board revealed it has granted a 15-year licence to De Beers Canada to remediate the mine, located 220 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife.

N.W.T. government prepares to rescue Walt Humphries' mural stored on gravel pile

'I’m glad they wrapped it in a tarp,' the artist said Friday. The government has hired a moving company to move the mural indoors next week.

4 health programs relocating in H.H. Williams Memorial Hospital

According to a news release Friday, public health, the environmental health officer, social services, and home care programs are all moving from the basement of the hospital to the main floor. 

N.W.T. housing minister wants to turn self-isolation rooms into public housing post-pandemic

The N.W.T.’s housing minister said she would like to transform over 100 units reserved for the self-isolation of homeless people into public housing units after the pandemic.  

Dominion Diamond proposes transaction to exit CCAA status, reopen Ekati mine

Dominion Diamond Mines ULC says it has signed a letter of intent with an affiliate of The Washington Companies under which an entity to be managed by Washington would buy its assets for about $177 million while assuming its operating liabilities.

Giant Mine Oversight Board calls for 'special envoy' to oversee local benefits from mine cleanup

"Maybe it's unfair that the project team has to not only have all of the engineering know-how to pull off the cleanup of the site, but also to have what is really a different skill set," says board chair Kathy Racher.

Inuvik's annual Arctic market will start on time during National Indigenous People's Day weekend

Inuvik’s annual summer Arctic market will be starting during National Indigenous People’s Day weekend, like it does every year. However, market goers will be heading to a slightly different location and following a different set of rules.
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Yellowknifers wait hours in dump lineup to save $10 during Amnesty Days

Dozens of Yellowknifers are taking advantage of Amnesty Days this week, the four days a year where they can save $10 per car load to drop household waste off at the dump. But this year, the wait to get into the dump is a bit longer than anticipated.

Dene Nation postponing annual summer assembly

The Dene Nation is postponing its annual summer assembly. This year's gathering was supposed to mark the 50th year of the existence of the Dene Nation.

As Mackenzie River breakup continues, some N.W.T. communities watch for flooding

As the Mackenzie River continues its spring breakup through the Northwest Territories, people in the territory's Sahtu and Beaufort Delta regions are eyeing the river for signs of potential flooding.

Civil claim against former chief of Acho Dene Koe First Nation dismissed

The lawsuit alleged in 2017 that then-chief Harry Deneron tried to direct a government contract toward a company in which he had a financial stake.

No lawyer appointed yet for Kevin Mantla murder appeal

A Gameti man serving time for murder and attempted murder says he has no hope of appealing his conviction himself because he can barely read and has no short- or long-term memory due to drug and alcohol abuse.

2nd Fort Simpson councillor resigns, citing transparency issues

Another Fort Simpson, N.W.T., councillor Kirby Groat resigned from his post Tuesday.

Northerners in the Philippines watch and wait for safe way to get home

Billy Danganan has been with relatives since March 16 when one of the world’s largest and strictest lockdowns went into effect. ‘You wake up, you eat breakfast, do nothing … then comes lunch.’

Prisoner temporarily escapes police custody in Yellowknife

Maiya Klengenberg was receiving treatment at Stanton Territorial Hospital on Tuesday.

Work for the N.W.T. government? You could be working from home for a while

The territorial government has released its back-to-work plan — and most employees won’t be heading back into the office.

Rapid testing available in N.W.T. but a shortage of cartridges limits use

Despite weeks of no active cases of COVID-19 in the territory, the N.W.T.’s top doctor is warning residents to continue to follow the rules.

Northwestel to waive internet overage fees through June for some customers

The North's largest internet provider says it will continue to decrease or waive overage fees through the month of June.

'The realities of our game have changed': NWT Softball prepares for leagues to start next month

Softball in the N.W.T. is going to look different this year as the various leagues prepare to begin their season during the pandemic. It’s one of the sports allowed to start as part of phase one of the territory’s reopening plan.

Fort Simpson flood scare re-sparks conversation about riverbank erosion

With water levels at the Mackenzie River threatening a flood for Fort Simpson residents this spring, a conversation is brewing about the health of the riverbank, and how to protect nearby properties.

After more than 60 years in business, Plummer's Arctic Lodges won't be opening this summer

After more than 60 years in business, Plummer's Arctic Lodges in the N.W.T. won't be opening this summer because of border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walt Humphries' hospital mural found face-up on gravel pile near new hospital

A piece of art that stood outside Stanton Territorial Hospital for nearly 25 years is lying face-up on a pile of gravel beside the new Emergency entrance, and it may have been there for years.

Water treatment might not be possible at Prairie Creek Mine during COVID-19, NorZinc CEO says

The CEO of NorZinc Ltd., the company behind the Prairie Creek Mine, says he is worried the company won't be able to bring up some essential water treatment staff to complete maintenance work on the site this summer. 

Behchoko RCMP make two alcohol seizures during temporary prohibition

Police say they are investigating the two incidents to determine whether the alcohol was meant for unlawful sale and that no charges have been laid yet.

'Love and passion for sports': Lifelong N.W.T. athlete Robin Mercer-Sproule remembered

Robin Mercer-Sproule had a hand in advancing nearly every sport in the North, whether it was on the court or ice or as a coach or volunteer. She died May 16 after her second fight with cancer. She was 56.

N.W.T. premier urges masks, small social bubbles, after first weekend of eased restrictions

On Friday, the territory eased some of its COVID-19 restrictions, allowing gatherings of small "friend circles" and for certain businesses to reopen, with conditions.
In Depth

Why on-the-land educators see opportunity in a global pandemic

COVID-19 has disrupted classroom-based education and given more space to traditional, informal learning, experts say.

N.W.T. Housing Corporation implements new security measures

The N.W.T. Housing Corporation is implementing new security measures, following two incidents in one of their Yellowknife buildings.
BRADLYN'S BLOG

Looking ahead to summer in the North: warm temperatures and high fire danger

CBC North meteorologist Bradlyn Oakes says we can expect a warmer summer with a higher fire risk.

Yellowknife hairdresser prepares to open new salon, during a pandemic 

After 11 years of doing hair out of her home, Gillian Whitehead decided to open the boutique salon she'd dreamt about for 20 years, but about a week after she signed a five-year lease, COVID-19 hit.
Photos

Your North: Best photos for the week of May 17

What's that? Is it the smell of spring in the air? We at CBC North think it might be based on all of the great photos submitted to us this week. 

Yellowknife's playgrounds and some recreational facilities now open, but there are rules

The City of Yellowknife is asking residents to follow public health orders while using newly reopened playgrounds and outdoor recreation areas in the city.

N.W.T. government working to recover orders of defective KN95 masks

The government of the N.W.T. is working with community governments and others to recall and replace orders of KN95 safety masks meant to protect against COVID-19. The masks are defective, and should not be used.

New money for arts professionals in the N.W.T. to help during COVID-19 pandemic

The government of the N.W.T. is making up to $3,000 available for N.W.T. artists and commercial film and media arts producers, and up to $5,000 available for eligible arts organizations.

N.W.T. Métis harvester from Alberta says gov't employee threatened to call RCMP if he didn't leave

Russell Clarke, a member of the N.W.T. Métis Nation who resides in High Level, Alta., said he was asked to leave the territory after travelling to a small area outside Fort Resolution earlier this week — even though Indigenous harvesters have exemptions under the territory's border closures.

Some COVID-19 restrictions lift in the N.W.T., starting now

Some restrictions have been immediately lifted in the N.W.T. as the territory enters phase one of its COVID-19 recovery plan.

N.W.T. RCMP warn of impaired driving over long weekend, after multiple recent arrests

RCMP in the Northwest Territories are warning residents about the impacts of driving impaired going into the long weekend, saying that they have had 12 incidents in the territory over the last month.

N.W.T. Legislative Assembly to resume sitting May 26

The N.W.T. Legislative Assembly will resume sitting on May 26 after it suspended its session in March due to COVID-19.

Latest results put Yellowknife City Gold project closer to target gold potential, says Gold Terra

Gold Terra has published the latest results from a winter drill program near Yellowknife. The results show potential but company still a ways away from considering feasibility study.
BRADLYN'S BLOG

Snow, rain and cool temperatures on tap for May long weekend

The May long weekend for many people usually marks the unofficial start to summer. Subconsciously, we often anticipate warmer weather with people itching to get into their gardens, go camping or just enjoy an adventure.

Pandemic adding to costs of N.W.T. hydro system failures

The COVID-19 pandemic is adding to the already high cost of bringing the Northwest Territories’ hydroelectric system back into full service, slowing work down and adding to the daily cost of replacing the lost hydro capacity with diesel-generated power.

City of Yellowknife to resume compost pick-up in June

Yellowknifers will be able to us their green bins once again. As of June 1, the city will resume collecting residential organic waste on a bi-weekly basis.

Traveller from Alberta kicked out of N.W.T. after violating strict public health rules

An person travelling from High Level, Alta., was kicked out of Fort Resolution, N.W.T., for violating the territory's COVID-19 rules around self-isolating after getting past the border checks.

2 more charged in death of 22-year-old Breanna Menacho

RCMP said Jordan Nande of Fort Liard, N.W.T., and Lisa Brule of Yellowknife, are now charged with murder, accessory after the fact.

N.W.T. schools to remain closed for remainder of academic year

Education leaders have decided to keep schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, because of "the many complex operational challenges faced by schools at this time."

Transport Canada to ban some pleasure craft from Arctic waters

The new restrictions, announced Thursday, come into effect June 1.

'She was loved': Relatives gather in Tulita, N.W.T., for Breanna Menacho and for justice

Breanna Menacho was an auntie, a sister, a daughter, and a granddaughter — and she was so loved, says her family.

Those temporarily housed during COVID-19 pandemic in N.W.T. still need homes

The N.W.T. housing minister says there is no concrete plan in place for those temporarily housed during the COVID-19 crisis.

N.W.T. government rejects call for moratorium on commercial evictions

The Northwest Territories government has finally responded to a call for a moratorium on commercial evictions, but the answer is not what businesses were hoping for.

Want to camp overnight in the N.W.T. this May long weekend? You're out of luck

Although camping during the May long weekend is a staple in the Northwest Territories, people won’t have that opportunity this year with overnight camping expected to still be a month away, according to the territory’s top doctor.

Early 'excess death' data for Canada suggests decrease in deaths in early days of pandemic

Data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada suggests that fewer Canadians died in the first three months of 2020 than in the same period in previous years, despite the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

N.W.T. judge says 6 month plea deal for repeat spousal abuser 'demonstrably unfit'

A Yellowknife judge had some harsh criticism for the prosecutor for a plea deal that ended with a Tuktoyaktuk man being sentenced to a total of six months in jail for three separate attacks on women.

Masks, tourism and driving with friends: N.W.T.'s top doctors take your questions

The Northwest Territories has released its plan for reopening the territory amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and we know you have questions — so we brought two of the doctors behind the plan to you.

Things N.W.T. MLAs asked officials: From checkstop moving to Alberta border to patio requests

MLAs got their chance to question the N.W.T. government Wednesday on their plans to reopen the territory, leading to new information and clarification on businesses reopening and border controls.

News that N.W.T. schools could reopen this spring met with surprise

The territorial government released its plan for the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, the first phase of which includes the possible reopening of elementary, middle and high schools.

Feds offer additional $34M to help northern businesses during pandemic

The federal government says it's providing $34.3 million for small and medium-sized businesses in the three territories that have been affected by COVID-19.

Hay River, Enterprise and Kakisa asked to boil water before drinking as precaution

Due to a higher than normal level of muddy water, N.W.T. Health officials are asking residents of Hay River, Enterprise and Kakisa to boil water for one minute before drinking.

Man accused of murder in Yellowknife had little contact with law beforehand

Devon Larabie was out on bail at time he was charged in connection with the death of 22-year-old Breanna Menacho in Yellowknife.

Indigenous Innovation Initiative will award up to $250K to projects for gender equality

The newly launched Indigenous Innovation Initiative is seeking project proposals that advance gender equality in Indigenous communities, and can award up to $250,000 per project.